life moments

Emotions Journal Layout

Hello, Everyone! Jenn here! Today I want to share my Emotions art journal layout with you.

Have you ever wanted to draw faces in your journal or other mixed media? If you have but you think your drawing skills won’t allow it you need to try these stencils! Rita Barakat designed them for this exact purpose.

These stencils are sold in a set In Rita’s Etsy Store here.

For this layout, I used the Sweet Sisters Flower stencil.

I also used The following stamps by Rita Barakat

Fairy Garden Background Stamp
Art Foamies Heart Wing

To create journal layouts like this one, start by creating a background. Use a combination of inks, sprays, and acrylics with stamps and stencils. Random ink sprays and splatters, combined with stamps brought this background to life. Once you have a background use the face stencils wherever you want them on your page. Add color to eyes and lips using pens or colored pencils as I did. You can also incorporate embossing powders as I did with mine. I used the Art Foamies Heart Wing stamp and white chalk ink. Stamp on the page and sprinkle with an iridescent pink embossing powder. Heat set the embossing powder with a heat tool.

Here are some more views of my process. Thank you so much for viewing my post! I hope that you are inspired to grab some of these stamps and stencils and get inky and creative with your journal!


In this photo, you can see where I started with thinner black lines and then started writing the script around the hair lines.


Adding white dots with a gel pen to the hair strands added more interest. Also, add some stamping with the Fairy Garden Background Stamp. This does not have to be perfect! Art is whatever your imagination creates! Add touches of color using bright gel pens or colored pencils. I used a distress marker in a fleshy pink tone and traced around all of the face lines to add dimension.

Thanks Again For viewing My post Today! Until next time, Jenn

Being thankful and family updates


I love November. I love seeing all those posts that people share about being Thankful. We have much to be thankful for. I have made running lists in the past, sometimes daily posts about being thankful for the month of November but this year much of our time is consumed with many doctor visits and it is hard to keep up with everything that needs to be done.  If you have read my blog for any length of time you know that we have adopted three of our five kids and they have special needs. One of them seems to struggle more than the others and yes here we go again with this child, a new trial.  I call it a trial because the bottom line is I know God has this. This child has always overcome and I believe this is no different. The doctors have told us there is something wrong with his liver. Much testing and many doctors are involved – hence all the time spent at the doctors offices.  He has missed a lot of school, there have been weeks when we are at a lab or doctors’ office three out of five days! If his tests on the first week of December don’t look better, they will do a liver biopsy on him. Because my children have special needs and are adopted I never post their names online but God knows who he is so if you choose to say a prayer for my boy I would deeply appreciate it. I am confident that this child will yet again triumph over what was done to him in the womb.


I am sharing today my first bible journaling page – it took me a while to get over the idea of drawing in the bible,  I had to get a new bible specifically for this purpose. I think it’s a good thing, the whole time you spend creating,  you are meditating on that word. Since November is National Adoption Awareness Month  I picked out this scripture for that purpose. I am thankful for my family – it doesn’t matter how it comes together~ adoption, blended families, close friends that are just as much family as blood – family is family and I am blessed to have them in my life.  You should be thankful for family too!



Getting Perspective

Happy Easter 2012
A week of reflection.
A week of “putting things in perspective”.
A week to be thankful for the things we do have.
I was going to title this post
“Birthdays and other natural disasters.”
I thought it was quite funny considering the circumstances.
I have never been one to advertise my birthday
but I do like to do  something fun for my birthday.
Yes, it was last week. I was just trying to do a little shopping
with my mom to start my day. We were in the dressing room around noon
 when we heard the announcement over the loudspeaker to report to the
offices in the basement of the department store;
I don’t remember the wording exactly but
basically telling us that we need to take shelter right away,
 that there were tornadoes in the immediate area.
When we went down with everyone else in the store,
employees and all, there was of course a panic, lots of nervous chatter;
employees trying to keep people calm and informed.
People that had  just come in from outside had heard the sirens –
tornado warning.
I had never been in one myself and my mom is already a
nervous person so you can imagine.
I was really glad for cell phone this day
and reception, because as the day went on many people lost service;
lucky for me I was still able to receive and send texts.
Actual phone calls were hit or miss:
seems like they could call me but I could not call out.
I was relieved that I was able to text my hubby and my oldest kids.
The little ones were in elementary school, on “lock down” and although there
was nothing I could have done I did not like that we were all split up.
Five different places. I hated that.
I hated that I could not talk to my little ones.
Especially when the electricity flickered in the mall.
I wondered if they told the kids and even if they did,
I wondered if they understood what it meant…
We spent most of the day down in that the the day listening to
the radio, looking at computer screens at the national weather reports.
A few times the panic rose, especially for my mom.
I could not afford to panic, (because of mom) even when the
“eye  of the tornado” was 15 minutes from the mall;
Even when there were two tornadoes in the area.
I was grateful for friends texting me during the situation and praying for us.
I was extremely thankful when a lady came back to where we were
and just started praying out loud.
No hesitations, speaking in tongues, people stared but she didn’t care.
I was grateful for her boldness. She prayed for minutes, for “no casualties”
amongst other things. As soon as she was done she left –
she didn’t even stay in the offices.
I felt more reassured with that reminder that God was in control.
It was a VERY long day –
We didn’t leave the mall until 5:30PM,
it was dark, rainy and windy still. A 23 minute drive took us
2 HOURS to get home! I was thankful that we were all home safe and after
looking at the reports that our home was in tact.
The kids were released about 5pm and it was a long day for them as well.
We were exhausted and I was just glad to eat something
(note to self carry some crackers in my purse at all times!) and go to bed.
The birthday kinda went out the window.
Between six and 13 tornadoes might have touched down in north Texas on Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Dallas-Fort Worth said. The number is an estimate pending a survey and damage assessment.
So the rest of the week I think we were on auto pilot.
It was a lot to take in, many people lost their homes
but no one lost their lives and for that we are grateful.
Hence the
Week of reflection.
Week of “putting things in perspective”.
Week to be thankful for the things we do have.
(and the new title for this post.)
I did not feel like blogging last week,
I have not been in my scrapbook room (manic Monday will resume next week.)
I have just been spending time with my family.
It’s a good thing.
Be grateful for what you have and tell your loved ones that you care.
Oh and my Easter pic? Baby girl was not in the mood- she made a face in EVERY pic!
This was the best of the bunch!
I don’t know what has gotten into that little girl!
If you have read this far thank you for reading my blog.
I am always thankful for the lovely comments you leave
and the encouragement you provide.
I hope this encourages you to spend time with your loved ones this week.
I also hope your Easter was blessed.